Inuvik resident shares $100,000 jackpot with others

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Georgina Firth thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when her scratch card told her that she had a winning ticket of $10,000. After scanning the ticket at Inuvik’s RX Drug Mart, it turns out her eyes had indeed deceived her – she had actually won $100,000.

Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo
Georgina Firth, a 67-year-old resident of Inuvik, won $100,000 through a scratchcard in late January and has been sharing the money with others ever since. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

“I said ‘gee-whiz, no way!’ I’m still in shock,” Firth said.

At 67 years old, Firth said she has no plans to blow the money on a tropical vacation. Instead, she said she wants to stay in Inuvik and share the money with others in the community.

“I’m not greedy. I like to help people,” she said.

Firth said that she gave $100 each to four Elders in town, and $20 each to six people that she saw on the street.

“I’m always nice to them because I’ve been on the streets in Winnipeg before and I know how it is,” she said.

She added that the six people she gave money to were so happy that they now refer to her as their auntie.

“I know all the kids on the streets and they all treat me good. They all help me when I walk down the street so I don’t fall,” she said.

Although she’s enjoyed helping fellow Inuvikians, Firth said that most of her donations have gone to her family.

“I’m so happy for myself because now I can help my family and friends. Mostly my family,” she said.

While she’s already shared some of the money with her her son in Inuvik, she said that she hopes to visit her other son who lives in Whitehorse.

Firth said that she’s been buying Crossword Multiplier Zing scratch tickets for years at the local drug store, but her Jan. 20 winning ticket was the first time she had ever won anything from scratch cards.

“I usually grab a coffee, relax and scratch my ticket. I’m still in shock,” she said.

Firth wouldn’t say how much money she has remaining, but she did say that she has enough funds leftover to not have to worry about groceries for a long time.

“I have to save because I gave so much away,” she said.

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Aaron Hemens has been working as the editor of the Inuvik Drum since January 2019. He's responsible for reporting on everything Inuvik, from covering community gatherings and sporting events, to writing the weekly columns. He's a dedicated photographer who loves getting to know the town through the community members that he meets. He's originally from Ottawa, Ont., where he graduated from Carleton University's journalism program in 2018. He can be contacted at 867-777-4545 or at inuvikdrum@nnsl.com. You can check out his photos on his Instagram account: @aaron.hemens.

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